Thursday, March 5, 2015

Girls' Day

tank, Gap
kimono, made by me
Calvin Klein jeans, Ross

    So far, I've stuck to pairing this kimono top with black or white. But some days just call for pink!
    March 3 was Girls' Day, and I shared a little with my students about this holiday celebrated in both Japan and in Hawaii. Some of my students are new to the islands, so it's fun to share a bit of local culture with them. I wanted to get mochi, but when I stopped by Costco the afternoon before, there wasn't a single mochi platter to be had. I settled for senbei (crispy rice crackers) instead, and my students didn't seem to mind. 
    This would have been an appropriate outfit for March 3, but in reality, I wore this outfit a while back. For the first time in a long while, I have a backlog of outfit photos. It's a nice problem to have, for once ... 


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February budget

Anna cardigan, Banana Republic,  $5 (after Rewards used)
A black cardigan was on my 2015 shopping wishlist, and I had $40 to spend in rewards before the end of the month.

ivory print scarf, Ross, $4.99
 I've gotten lots of use out of my magenta print chiffon scarf, so I decided to add two ultra-light scarves to my collection this month. They're just right for dressing up a simple outfit.

blue and beige scarf, $3.99, Ross
    See it in this outfit post.

Tommy Hilfiger top, Ross, $16.99
Navy is one of my favorite colors, but I'm wondering whether I actually _need_ this top. Leaving the tags on until I decide.

   Royalty by YMI jeans, Ross, $19.99

DKNY jeans, Ross, $24.99
     I've been searching for jeans, but I'm not sure if two new pairs is overkill. I'll be trying these on again before I make my decision. 

Budget: $50
Amount spent:  $80.00
Over: $30 (pending any returns)    

Monday, March 2, 2015

plain and simple

tee, Gap
scarf, Ross
jeans, Banana Republic Factory Store

      I bought this white tee a while back, figuring it would be indispensable. Instead it has been quietly languishing in my t-shirt drawer. Same thing happened with my white buttondown, which has since found a good home with my sister. I've figured out that plain white tops are just too  ... plain for my taste. An easy solution was to toss on a new scarf. 
     I'm excited about March, because it includes many notable dates, such as my husband and I's date-a-versary, our wedding anniversary, and Spring Break.  Already on my Spring Break agenda is to sew a quilt for a friend who had a baby in January, and to read, read, and read.

Monday, February 23, 2015

dressy comfy

top, Calvin Klein Outlet
Caslon blazer, Nordstom Rack
Calvin Klein straight leg jeans, Ross
necklace, Forever 21

     I usually try to dress up a little more when I have visitors in the room, but my observation happened to fall on a day when I wasn't feeling 100%. So I went with stretchy pants, a nice top, and a snuggly blazer, then added a necklace for a little polish. I love a good blazer, and this one is like wearing a dressy sweatshirt! Surprisingly, I haven't worn it much, but I plan to wear it a few more times before the weather warms up.

       It was another weekend full of aikido. This involved setting up, practicing, then breaking down everything and putting it away neatly. Fingers crossed that my body isn't too sore today - last night, my knees were already protesting when I went up the stairs!

Friday, February 20, 2015

oversized and understated

linen-cotton tunic, Old Navy
Calvin Klein straight leg jeans, Ross
necklace, Forever 21

    My attempt at the famous "smize" comes out looking more like a smirk, sadly! 
   I enjoy a good oversized shirt, but I realize this is probably the loosest and most oversized that I can go without looking like I'm drowning in my clothes. One great thing about sizing up - sleeves that can be comfortably rolled without worrying about cutting off circulation. 

    Another bonus: the shirt can be knotted or tucked if I decide that I want a more streamlined silhouette. 
   A few things that are making me happy this week: 
  •    scoring a bag of Reese's peanut butter hearts for a discounted price
  •    passing my teacher observation. But what I value the most is getting to "see" what I do in the classroom through someone else's eyes.
  •  making a prototype "marshmallow launcher" out of 2 plastic cups and a balloon. I haven't done anything fun and hands-on with my science students for a while, and constructing and testing the launchers will tie in nicely with what they've learned about forces and motion.    

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Kensie top, Ross
trouser jeans, Macys
necklace, craft fair
earrings, gift

    This is a very simple outfit, but I decided to blog it because it was a triumph in terms of finding a patterned shirt to wear with this pendant. The delicate design of the pendant gets lost against other patterns, but I thought it went well with the irregular stripes and colors of this shirt.
    I bought this pendant at a craft fair, and the woman running the booth said that the design is symbolic of the universe - a geometric shape with a free form shape within. The contrast really appealed to me.
    I usually wear either a necklace or a pair of larger earrings, but not both. However, I rather liked the double dose of sparkle here. 
    Despite being sick last week, I managed to get off island for my aikido seminar. Lots of good practice, and I really enjoyed it! I had a little less pep on Sunday due to a sore back and sore quads from Saturday's classes, but I managed to practice for a full three classes. The best thing about Sunday, though, was coming home at about 10 at night, taking a long shower, then heading out for a steaming bowl of pho with the husband. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


dress, Old Navy
earrings, craft fair on clearance
belt and scarf, Ross

             White with brown always makes me think of safari gear for some reason, hence the title ...    
              I actually own this dress in duplicate - not on purpose, but because I didn't get back to the store in time to return one. I think I prefer the navy one, but the ivory is a nice change of pace - my first white dress. While I'm accustomed to adding a pop of color to black or navy, it was fun to use white as my canvas.

   I call these my squiggle earrings, and they were a steal at a craft fair last year - a mere $3.

      It's been blustery here, and I don't mind being able to wear a light sweater or cardigan all day in my non-air-conditioned room. What I do mind is that the wind has aggravated my allergies (or perhaps I've picked up a touch of whatever's going around), and I feel like I've been fighting off a case of laryngitis or an allergy cough for the last few days. What's worse, I have a quick trip off-island planned for the weekend, so I'm hoping to stave off my symptoms enough to enjoy my time away. I've been popping Zicam and nasal decongestants, trying to drink more fluid, and I plan to be going to bed earlier for the next few days. Fingers crossed that I stay healthy enough to enjoy my long weekend!